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This is our go to hike for visitors. It is easy enough for children and the views are exquisite.

off road driving
3 days ago

Amazing views! First time driving this road. Made the whole trek from Breck to Como. Was a bit worried at first as my SUV is only front wheel drive but it handled the snow (couple of inches) and mud without a problem. Next time I make the trip, I think I’ll start the trip at Como to be able to take in the sunset behind Breck and have dinner and drinks in town when it’s over.

Our 5 and 3 year old enjoyed finding walking sticks and drawing with them in the little bit of snow there was left! Quick and easy hike!

awesome views

great views

4 days ago

Took puppy after first snow of season. He loved it and it was good trail for a young dog. Easy but lovely.

Super packed, but the lake is incredible.

We hiked Saint Mary’s Glacier a few weeks ago. It’s a short, rocky climb, but the reward is breathtaking. The alpine lake, glacier and surrounding foliage is beautiful! We’re definitely making a return trip!

We veered left at the lake and climbed a rather steep, moderately dangerous unmarked trail to the summit. Beautiful. Continuing clockwise down to the glacier was fine in trail running shoes. Total hike 3.5 hours.

Very rocky and sometimes steep all uphill to reach the lake/glacier. A little tough, but doable, for a lowlander who hasn't acclimatized to the altitude yet. Beautiful vistas.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked 9/12/18, 30 hours after spending a night in the E.R. due to a kidney stone. Best scenery of my week in CO. Tons of yellow willows to contrast with the pines, water and mountains. The trail is easy in terms of elevation and length, but muddy and rocky in places. I recommend walking clockwise (southeast on the north shore) so you're looking toward the mountains.

hiking
13 days ago

It's a short hike and I did it in the afternoon shade meaning at that altitude it is freezing. Its ok to check out but don't go out of your way.

Its a short walk but offers spectacular views and tons of small wildlife. For the amount of effort it is quite the reward. Don't miss this hike!

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful hike. Surprisingly the glacier was still there in mid Sept.

trail running
16 days ago

was hoping to trail run this and loop it twice. not quite enough in shape to get the initial uphill at a run. ended up looping the lake three times and running down. That was perfect for my usual 3 mile run.

The 3 seniors in my group, 79, 83, 83, rate this trail moderate mostly because of the many rock slides we had to cross. The views of the mountains across the reservoir I was spectacular.

hiking
17 days ago

Not “easy” as it’s a rocky climb up. Steep but short. Pretty lake near the top. Glacier and views were pretty. FYI the permit station is by the porta potties, not at trailhead as parking signs say ($5 day permit).

Good trail to take to get acclimated- views are good. Have taken 4 yr old grandson up to have s picnic. Don’t let the short uphill climb keep you from going. It is not too bad

hiking
19 days ago

We enjoyed the hike to the glacier, but didn’t realize the pathway would be so very rocky! We knew it would be steep from the reviews but there were so many rocks and loose gravel that made it more difficult to go up. For some silly reason we didn’t wear appropriate shoes which made it that much more difficult. Next time we will make sure we do it right. There really isn’t much signage to direct you where to go, we started going off on a different trail but turned around when it “didn’t feel right”. Also, people...if you bring your dog - scoop the poop!! And take the darn baggie back to the parking lot or just take it with you - yeah it’s gross but I’m doubtful they send anyone to “clean up” this trail when it gets dark! There were several poop bags just chillin there all up the trail on our way up, and they were still there on the way down! You people are the reason they close trails to dogs. Keep it clean so we can all enjoy!!

Fantastic views, tons of chipmunks, great for a warm up/cool down hike, or a leisurely stroll.

The ride up was spectacular!

Mod due to the incline but easy due to the distance. I moved from FL recently so having a place like this in my backyard is amazing!!! Never moving back!

Nice trail for a break from driving. Beautiful views of the lake below.

21 days ago

Excellent drive with great trailheads. goes much farther 5han map indicates. Stay untill you see pennsylvania mine. amazing to see. you could spend a few days exploring this area.

Pretty busy at the bottom, but we’re able to get to the peak, and found a little goat path back down so we were able to make it a loop and get away from all the people.

Perfect hike to take anyone on. So easy and ridiculously scenic. You could easily spend an hour or more enjoying the views, eating a meal, or watching the outdoor weddings that seem to happen all day long.

very short steep hike. only took us 15 minutes to get to the lake. we ended up climbing up the rocks to the very top of the mountain which was worth the view!!

short hike great place to spend the day

nature trips
28 days ago

The highlight for my four kids was feeding the chipmunks. The views were also spectacular! Next time I’m bringing lunch as there are picnic tables at the top. We went on a Sunday so there was a lot of traffic and a lot of kids feeding the chipmunks. Please remember to approach the chipmunks quietly as to not scare them all away from others who are enjoying the chipmunks. This was a favorite and highly recommend for families.

This trail does get packed later into the day and holidays, so the earlier you go the better and there are two parking lots (north and south of the trail) that cost $5.00 cash to access. The trail head is in between the two lots. While I was there, there weren't many people on the trail and it was very peaceful. If you take the trail to access the lake just follow the main trail, don't veer right until you start to see the lake through the trees on your right hand side, then you can climb down to it using the paths.

The drive up to the trail head is beautiful in the fall, aspens cascade down both sides of the road (which has been newly paved at the time of writing this). The trail starts off wide with some loose rocks, but it is not difficult to hike and it's a short hike if you're just trying to make it to the lake itself. The main trail is nice with lots of foliage and boulders to rest on if you need to catch your breath due to altitude. Once you get to the lake the landscape becomes absolutely breath taking! While my husband I were there the water was unbelievably cold and it's colors were beautiful! Shallow parts of the lake were tan, but then others had a beautiful blue hue and it was completely clear!

If you want the hike to be a little more challenging (and a bit longer) hang a right and walk around the bank of the lake and go up towards the glacier. There is a trail to follow that goes up to the glacier and then up to the very top of the mountain itself. There is a warning sign saying it's not an official part of the trail, so take caution. There is wet ground and slippery rocks around due to the glacier and you may lose footing if you aren't careful or wearing proper shoes. My husband and I climbed up to the glacier bit and looking out over the lake and physically feeling the glacier was a wonderful experience. Pictures will be posted on here soon! Over all, this trail is easy, but you can make it more challenging and looking out over the scenery next to a glacier is not a bad way to spend your morning!

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